A Community Health Promotion for Aboriginal Communities Student enjoying nature

Community Health Promotion for Aboriginal Communities

  • Program Length 
    1 Year
  • Credential 

The Community Health Promotion for Aboriginal Communities Certificate Program

We are not currently accepting applications for the Community Health Promotion for Aboriginal Communities Program.

The Community Health Promotion for Aboriginal Communities graduate will be able to assess community health needs, client health education needs, and will work with the community towards improving health and well-being through health promotion activities.

Fall Semester


ILRP 100 - (Indigenous Portfolio: The Canoe of Life)


CHP 110 - (Communication and Leadership)


HSD 201 - (First Nations Wellness I)


HSD 202 - (First Nations Wellness II)


Semester Total


Spring Semester


CHP 120 - (Emerging Health Issues & the Role of Health Promotion)


CHP 100 - (Fundamentals of Administration)


CHP 140 - (Practicum Experience)*


Semester Total


Year 1 Total


*A PLA may be granted for CHP 140. PLA is available to accepted students only. Once accepted into a program, you may consult the program Chair to discuss PLA for this course. Acceptance as a PLA candidate is dependent on your ability to meet eligibility criteria for PLA and is determined by program Chair and faculty. A suitable alternative may also be considered in place of a Practicum.

Note: See program website for schedule.

Completion Requirements

Students will require a minimum Grade Point Average of a C (2.0) for the required courses in order to be awarded the certificate.

Friday, April 6, 2018
  • General admission requirements apply.
  • Computer Skills: Successful completion of an ‘Introduction to Computers’ course within the past two years, OR practical demonstration if you use computers regularly.


Applicants with previous experience in health care area preferred (but not required).

Notes on Admission

Aboriginal students can apply for reserve seats by submitting the Access Initiative for Aboriginal Students form.

Proof of successful completion of the following must be received well in advance of the practicum experience.

  • First Aid (OFA – Level 1 or Standard First Aid – Red Cross)
  • Foodsafe
  • Immunizations (Hepatitis B, MMR, Flu vaccines, Negative TB screen)
  • Criminal Record Check: Practicums will require a satisfactory criminal record check prior to placement. Criminal Record Checks are requested through VIU. The Registration Centre at VIU will contact prospective students by mail regarding the requirements for a Criminal Record Check. Criminal Record Checks are processed through the Ministry according to the Criminal Records Review Act. A check completed through the RCMP is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the Act.
  • Note: Driver’s License may be required for some locations.

Transfer from other institutions

In cases where a student’s academic background suggests a required course need not be taken, the department may grant an exemption through transfer credit and/or Prior Learning Assessment.

Graduates of the program may secure employment in health related roles within Aboriginal communities, which might include: Aboriginal Health Liaison Worker; Community Health Representative; Community Engagement Facilitator; Aboriginal Health Coordinator.

Domestic Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.





Student Activity fee (21 credits x $9.41 per credit)


VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month)





Textbook costs will range from $500 - $800.

There may be additional travel and accommodation expenses related to the face-to-face instruction located in a central location. Students will require access to computers, printers, and the Internet.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Previous versions of this program can be found in the Program Archive.

Megan Newman is a student of the Community Health Promotion for Aboriginal Communities Student

Megan Newman

“I have benefited tremendously from the program by not only making great friends with my class peers but from also learning a great deal from our teachers and Elders of the program. I have learned a lot of information and cultural protocol that I would not necessarily have been given at the work place and this has helped me greatly in the community when it comes to relaying any personal experiences, so that I can connect with the people I work with and communities we help.”

Megan graduated in the Community Health Promotion for Aboriginal Communities program